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Entertainment • Sep 20, 2019

Ninja responds to the video games and violence debate on Jimmy Fallon

Ninja responds to the video games and violence debate on Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show, YouTube / Epic Games

Streaming star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is one of the most popular faces in gaming, rubbing elbows with the likes of Drake and Marshmello and even ringing in the new year with a livestreamed event in Times Square - and now, he’s made an appearance on late-night television.

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Ninja has been featured in such late shows before, with host Jimmy Fallon inviting him on The Tonight Show in December 2018 just ahead of his New Year’s bash for an impromptu lesson in the Pon Pon Dance.

However, Ninja made a second appearance on the show on September 18, where he discussed the current debate surrounding violence and video games, which Fallon brought up in a segment debunking gaming’s “biggest myths.”

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Ninja made a second appearance on the Tonight Show following his first feature in late 2018.

When presented with the subject, Ninja argued that parents are ultimately responsible for the media their children consume, comparing the ESRB rating system to that of movies.

“Just like there are movies that have rated PG-13, rated R - same thing with video games,” he replied. “Your kids shouldn’t be playing rated M for Mature games. So, as parents, you guys, it’s up to you to make sure you’re watching and making sure your kids aren’t playing those violent games at a young age.”

(Timestamp: 3:05 for mobile viewers)

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That’s not all: Ninja likewise debunked the myth that gaming makes players antisocial, referencing conventions, tournaments, and other meetups that get gamers involved with their communities.

“I would honestly make the argument that if you’re playing video games, you are probably more social than people who aren’t playing video games,” he continued. “Not only am I talking to my friends, my family, and people who are around me when I’m at home, but I’m also communicating with people and competing all across the world.”

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Ninja and his wife Jessica Blevins pose with Jeffree Star and his boyfriend, Nathan Schwandt.

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Ninja’s appearance on The Tonight Show follows the release of his book, “Get Good: My Ultimate Guide to Gaming,” as well as his partnership with major athletic brand Adidas shortly thereafter.

Lauren Kretzschmar, Get Good Press Kit
Ninja's book "Get Good" is a guide for aspiring pro gamers and streamers.

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Considering the heated debate surrounding video games and violence, a massive voice like Ninja’s speaking on the topic is nothing to sniff at - especially when his biggest game, Fortnite, was named in the debate against video games in wake of mass shootings.

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